By Pretty Chavango
First lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has stepped down as Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe legislator to concentrate on her new role as a mother of the nation, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced.
Auxillia Mnangagwa became a legislator in March 2015 taking over the seat from her husband who had been elevated to become Vice President of the country.
In the election, she garnered 16 092 while Dewah Gadzamwoyo (Good People’s Movement) got 86 votes, independent candidate Kanoti Chawawona Wilbros 257, Musambasi Abigail (Transform Zimbabwe) 456 votes, while Mutodza Munashe (NCA) polled only 79 votes.
Addressing thousands of Zanu PF supporters at his homecoming rally at Mvuma Stadium, President Mnangagwa announced that the first lady will now be concentrating on her first lady duties and that people are now supposed to choose another able representative.
“The First Lady has asked me to tell you this message. She will now be concentrating of being the mother of the nation; she will be travelling countrywide initiating developmental and empowerment projects. You have not lost because she will continue with all projects she started here.
“So it is now up to you to elect another representative during primary elections, who will represent the party in the forthcoming elections,” he said.
Before the announcement, Honourable Mnangagwa has been absenting herself from Parliament while she went around the country on a donation spree that saw her visiting various orphanages and other less privileged members of society.
Although the first lady was not among the most active legislators in the National Assembly, her decision to step down was however met with sadness by some people from the constituency who had wanted her to continue representing them.
Meanwhile, some political analysts are of the opinion that the first lady is paving way for Emmerson Mnangagwa Junior to take-over the seat since he was reported to have indicated that he is joining politics together with nephew Tongai.
The move to vacate the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe seat by Mai Mnangagwa as the first lady is affectionately known has also been described as a bold decision considering that it is not guaranteed that her husband or party will win the impending general elections.
Zimbabwe will be going for general elections in less than six months and preparations are already hotting up with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission putting finishing touches to the new biometric voters roll.